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This edition of Best of Publib covers March 15th through March 28th 2010. This PubLib review and analysis includes questions about naming library rooms, thought-provoking discussions about new media archives , library materials security, and our new poll on R-rated movie access. Some of the topics we will be reviewing include:
- Topic » Dealing with no-shows ♦ Nann Blaine Hilyard in Zion, Illinois seeks help dealing with library sponsored classes / workshops where people who are signed up fail to attend. What policies can help deal with this?
- Topic » SirsiDynix Outreach Module ♦ Nancy Laskowski with the Free Library of Philadelphia would like to know about PubLib readers’ reactions and experiences with the SirsiDynix Outreach Module. How have you implemented the Sirsi product to serve homebound patrons?
- Topic » Renovation and Book Storage ♦ Andrea Taylor with the Fullerton Public Library in CA is looking at policies and procedures that help deal with books in storage during renovations. If books are inaccessible, what circulation polices can help?
- Topic » policies for naming rooms or areas ♦ Kelly Currie of Delphi Public Library IN would like examples of how to name parts of libraries after donors.
- Topic » Auction Sites? ♦ Kimberly Francisco with Huntsville Public Library TX is pursuing a similar question but wants to know how to auction naming rights. Are there free tools such as E-bay that would lend themselves to online auctioning of library rooms?
- Topic » Law Enforcement Collection of Data From Social Media Sites ♦ The Electronic Freedom Foundation offered current information on how law enforcement utilizes social networking to investigate crime.
- Topic » real people in fiction ♦ Diane Hamilton at the Cape May County Library would like examples of genres that represent fictional accounts of real people.
- Topic » Remembering ProQuest-SIRS State Intellectual Freedom Awards ♦ Melora Ranney Norman presents a troubling study regarding Proquest State IF Awards . Is this good marketing?
- Topic » Posting guidelines ♦ Sara Weissman – co-moderator for PubLib-L mailing list – reminds PubLib posters of guidelines for content and avoiding the infamous PubLib spam filter.
- Topic » Magazine Theft Solutions? ♦ Sheila Hammond-Todd with the Mesa County Libraries reports on a troubling increase in magazine thefts and asks PubLib readers how they manage.
- Topic » Security trends, cases and techniques? ♦ Dan Owens with Enoch Pratt Free Library MD reports similar problems with thefts of AV materials. What are the most effective AV materials physical security and processes?
- Topic » Record retention and social networking ♦ Earlene Mokler at Richland Public Library WA investigates archiving social media such as Facebook and Twitter as public records. What policies and processes do you have to retain tweets ? Judy Turner in Las Vegas offers the Archives and Archivists Listserv as a resource.
- Topic » Suggestions for foreign language books ♦ Pamela Karr with A.K. Smiley Public Library CA seeks recommendation for Juvenile Easy books in Chinese and French. What vendors or book titles do you recommend? Ce que les vendeurs ou les titres de livres recommandez-vous? 什么供应商或书名你建议？
- Topic » transcribing style guides ♦ Hillary Theyer wants to transcribe podcasts for the Torrance Public Library Blog and would like to know if transcription standards exist. How do you transcribe recorded media?
- Topic » ISBNs ♦ Nann Blaine Hilyard alerts catalogers and searchers to ISBN duplications – Do not assume ISBN is a unique identifier.
- Topic » Consultant rates ♦ Linda Dydo in Los Gatos CA is putting together a cost estimate for a Library Consultant. What advice do PubLib readers have to offer? How much should consultants charge?
- Topic » questions about tornado shelter ♦ Cheri Nienke with Andover Public Library KS would like examples of sign requirements for libraries serving as FEMA tornado shelters.
- Topic » Coffee House themed events? ♦ Kim Braun with the J. Lewis Crozer Library is orchestrating a Coffee House themed event for a poetry reading. What recommendations are there for a Coffee House theme?
- Topic » Packaging for ILLs ♦ Eric McCarthy at the European Regional Library Support Center seeks durable packaging solutions for intra-library loans between twenty-seven member libraries across 4 countries in Europe. What durable packaging can sustain itself through the mail?
- Topic » language software inside the library ♦ Elizabeth Fraser with Kanawha County Public Library WV would like examples of policies and procedures for in-house use of language learning software. How do you quite the spoken word?
- Topic » Windows 7 and Steady State ♦ Laura Hayden with Beaufort County Library reports that SteadyState is not compatible with Windows 7 – What free or inexpensive alternatives are available to help secure public computers? Editor’s note: Comodo Time Machine may be an alternative.
- Topic » Poster Maker ♦ Miranda Hapner seeks recommendations for large-format printers suitable for full-size posters. Cab Vinton at the Sanbornton Public Library NH recommends MakeUseOf.com website as a resource. Notable MakeUseOf.com solutions include: The Rasterbator.
- Topic » Portland, PLA, and Publib and Computer resource of last resort; words; tr.im ♦ Joe Schallan – Jurassic Librarian – treats PubLib readers to his observations regarding PLA , Urban Dictionary content , and url shortening. Mix them all together and you have classic Jurassic.
- Topic » YA Patrons and “R” movies ♦ Bob Farwell at Otis Library CT wants to know if libraries offer R – rated movies to Young Adults under 17. Mark Hasskarl with Danbury Library CT reminds us that “movie ratings do not legally apply to libraries, only to movie theaters”. Shannon Hammock tells us the film ratings are voluntary even for theaters and offers This Film is Not Yet Rated as a resource. The ALA Freedom to View Statement supports liberty of circulation. Should R-rated movies circulate to Young Adults under 17?
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